Do you NAWRAS ?

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The NAWRAS project, coordinated by IRD (Marie BONNIN) and the University of Cadi Ayyad in Marrakech (Jihad ZAHIR), is a research project that proposes to use artificial intelligence to analyze “where, when and how the law protects the oceans.” The goal is to use language models (such as Chat GPT) and train them on texts of marine environmental law in order to obtain indicators that can evaluate the level of legislative protection of the Ocean.

On November 28 and 29, the second seminar of the project was held in Marrakech. On this occasion, two films were made to introduce you to this innovative project and the methods it explores.


Project Presentation Video

The 2023 workshop in Marrakech

NAWRAS Project: Workshop on Developing Legal Indicators

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Developing Legal Indicators in Environmental Law

The working meeting on legal indicators as part of the Nawras project was held on March 18 and 19, 2024, in the Meeting Room of the Jabir Center / Department of Computer Science of the Faculty of Sciences Semlalia (Cadi Ayyad University – Marrakech).

The 20 participants were able to attend a presentation by Professor Michel Prieur on the importance of developing legal indicators in environmental law. Christophe Bastin then presented the method developed by the International Center for Comparative Environmental Law (CIDCE). The progress of the Nawras project was then presented by Marie Bonnin, Jihad Zahir and Youssef Al Mouatamid. During the next two half-days, the participants debated with the invited researchers (Thais Nunnez-Rocha – environmental economist – University of Orléans, Adrien Comte – IRD LEMAR in visio and Sophie Lanco – IRD Marbec in visio) on the variables and metrics selected as part of the project and on the possibilities of joint publications.


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Nawras seminar: Data science and the marine environment


On Monday 2 October 2023, a seminar was held in Marrakech on the Nawras project, led by Marie Bonnin, an IRD researcher at LEMAR, and Jihad Zahir from Cadi Ayyad University.

The aim of the seminar was to present the opportunities for collaboration between the IRD and Cadi Ayyad University in the field of data sciences and the marine environment. It brought together 15 researchers from different organisations in Marrakech, Essaouira and Safi, from Cadi Ayyad University and the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, from different disciplines (IT, law, ecology, biogeochemistry). Each institute and organisation was able to present its link with data sciences and/or the marine environment, as well as current projects, in order to highlight opportunities for collaboration and to facilitate the co-supervision of short-term internships. The participants concluded that the opportunities for collaboration were real and stimulating, and that bilateral exchanges should enable the first collaborations to be set up quickly.


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